from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See boil2.
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- n. a boil or infected, inflamed, pus-filled sore
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A superficial, inflammatory tumor, suppurating with a central core; a boil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A circumscribed inflammation of the skin, forming a necrotic central core, and suppurating and discharging the core; a boil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus
Latin fūrunculus, knob on a vine that "steals” the sap, diminutive of fūr, thief (modeled on latrunculus, robber, diminutive of latrō, latrōn-, bandit); see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)